Monday, March 24, 2008

Fab 5: Spring Wedding Favors

It may not feel like it outside yet. . .but it is finally spring! Let's welcome in the sunshine and warmth with a look at five fun, unique wedding favor ideas for spring.

  1. Miniature Watering Cans

    How cute! These little watering tins make a perfect (and affordable) favor for a spring wedding. Fill them with candy or a small blossom or two.
    Favor and image from Beau Coup

  2. Calla Lily Bottle Stopper

    Give your guests a spring favor that they can use at home whenever they open a bottle of wine. The painted flower wine bottle stopper comes in a box that looks like a planter.
    Favor and image from Lilies

  3. Butterfly Candle Holder

    This silver, whimsical butterfly candle holder serves two purposes: it can add romantic light to your reception (and be reused at home by your guests) and can be used as a placetag holder too!
    Favor and image from Favors By Serendipity

  4. Cherry Blossom Fans

    As the weather warms up, keep your guests cool with these cherry blossom silk hand fans as favors. They are painted with a delicate and elegant blossom design.
    Favor and image from Beau Coup

  5. Hand Painted Vases

    These glass bud vases are hand painted and sure to be a memorable favor at your wedding. Each order of four includes four different floral designs.
    Favor and image from Hanson Ellis


Tuesday, March 18, 2008

New poll: What's your wedding budget?

Vote in our newest poll on the left sidebar and tell us what your wedding budget is. The average cost of a wedding in the U.S. is nearing $30,000, but I think that number is quite a bit lower in the Pittsburgh area.

What's your wedding budget?

  • Less than $10,000
  • $10,000-$19,999
  • $20,000-$29,999
  • $30,000-$39,999
  • $40,000 or more
Vote to the left, and when the results are in, I'll share some of my favorite budget-friendly tips.

Poll results: When is your wedding?

Thanks to everyone who voted in our latest poll. Looks like summer is still the season of choice for weddings, but fall is definitely gaining ground!

When is your wedding?

  • Summer: 40 percent
  • Fall: 28 percent
  • Spring: 16 percent
  • Winter: 16 percent

Monday, March 10, 2008

Colorful signature cocktails

Choosing a signature cocktail is a great way to personalize your wedding reception, and picking a drink that's color matches your wedding is a great idea. Absolut's Web site can help you find the cocktail recipe that is perfect for you, with their color picker on the right sidebar.

This drink recipe tool is one of the best I've seen, and it's not just for drinks made with Absolut vodka. You can find tons of cocktails made with gin, rum, tequila, whiskey and brandy as well, to help you plan your entire alcoholic drink menu.

And the volume of recipes is impressive. Click on "Blue Drinks" (perfect for a "Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue" specialty cocktail) and you'll discover 245 choices. "Red Drinks" will you give you 2,476 options--happily, the drinks are sorted by rank, to help you pick the best ones.

Image from Absolut

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

New poll: When is your wedding?

Traditionally, summer has been the season for weddings, but in the Pittsburgh area, fall weddings seem to be gaining more and more popularity. Vote in the poll on the left sidebar and tell me what season your wedding is in:

  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall
  • Winter

Poll results: How long is your engagement?

Here are the results from our latest poll, "How long is your engagement?" The votes were incredibly even this time. . .it seems that, at least among Perfect Memories readers, the average engagement period of 15 months is a result of a very spread out range, not of most people being engaged for 12-18 months.

The results:

  • Less than six months: 17 percent
  • Six to 11 months: 23 percent
  • 12 to 17 months: 20 percent
  • 18 to 23 months: 17 percent
  • 24 months or longer: 23 percent
Thanks for voting, and stay tuned for our next poll!